CBI summons Lalu, Tejashwi in Railways hotels scam

RSTV Bureau
Patna: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav with senior leader and wife Rabri Devi and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav at Legislative party meeting in Patna on Monday. PTI photo.

Patna: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav with senior leader and wife Rabri Devi and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav at Legislative party meeting in Patna on Monday. PTI photo.

The CBI has summoned former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi for questioning in connection with alleged corruption in the IRCTC hotels scam.

The RJD leader has been asked to appear for questioning at the agency headquarter on September 11 and Tejashwi the next day, CBI officials said.

Corruption allegations have been leveled against the RJD chief and his son in awarding the maintenance contract for two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.

It is alleged that Yadav as railway minister had handed over the maintenance of two Railways hotels– BNR Ranchi and BNR Puri– to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, after receiving a bribe in the form of three acres of prime plot of land through a benami company.

The FIR said that Yadav, as a railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to Kochhars and acquired the “high-value premium land” through a benami company Delight.

The FIR also said that Yadav, “dishonestly and fraudulently”, managed the award of leasing out BNRs at Ranchi and Puri to the company of Kochhars in quid pro quo transactions.

The CBI has registered a case against Lalu Yadav, wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi, and Sarla Gupta, the wife of former union minister Prem Chand Gupta.

Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel; Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects and the then Managing Director P K Goel.

(With inputs from PTI)